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Beastie Boys Refused To Sell 'Sabotage' for Schwarzenegger Film Flop

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jun 2014 07:37 AM

In retrospect, it was a good idea for the Beastie Boys to keep their song "Sabotage" from Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest film of the same name because the aging action hero is continuing to struggle at the box office.

"Sabotage" was part of the Beastie Boys' 1994 album "Ill Communication" and was nominated for a Grammy for best hard rock performance. The news about the Schwarzenegger film came when Mike "Mike D" Diamond was testifying in the band's $1 million federal lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink about its use of other songs, according to the New York Daily News.

"Sabotage," the movie, bombed at box office, pulling in $5.2 million its opening week in March and $10.5 million so far, according to Box Office Mojo.com, both near record ticket lows for a Schwarzenegger film.

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"Arnold has been a box office bust in the U.S. ever since he came back from his political tour of duty, and even before that his star was steadily falling," Jeff Bock, exhibitor relations vice-president and senior analyst told TheWrap.com. "The reason he's still being offered modestly budgeted action films at his age is the fact that overseas audiences are still smitten with the aging action star."

"Escape Plan," another Schwarzenegger flop at home, took in $112 million internationally and was a big hit in China, where it took in nearly $41 million, according to TheWrap.com. Schwarzenegger will also star in the "The Expendables 3" on Aug. 15, which will also feature Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Harrison Ford.

The surviving Beastie Boys, though, wanted no part of it, Diamond testified last week.

"It felt like too much of an endorsement" of the movie, Diamond, 48, told the court, according to the Daily News. "We weren't fans of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s recent . . . work."

Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz said that they agreed with a request by Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch before he died in 2012 to never put out new Beastie Boys music without him, the Daily News noted. Yauch died of cancer in 2012 after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2009, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

Diamond and Horovitz accused Monster of using the group's songs for the drink's "Ruckus in the Rockies" video without its permission.

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In retrospect, it was a good idea for the Beastie Boys to keep their song "Sabotage" from Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest film of the same name because the aging action hero is continuing to struggle at the box office.
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